The Guthrie Daily Leader. (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 23, No. 41, Ed. 1, Thursday, March 3, 1904 Page: 1 of 8
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Tonight nntl Friday fair colder in east tonight; warmer Friday
THE ONLY EVENING ASSOCIATED PRESS PAPER IN OKLAHOMA TERRITORY.
GUTHRIE OKLAHOMA THURSDAY MARCH 8. 1904
Piesident of the Mormon Church
Makes a Candid and Feeling"
Statement Before Senate Invest0
(By Associated Press )
Washington D. C March 3. So
grant lias become the Interest in the
Smoot laves' lgntlnn that It was neces-
sary today to post policemen at the
floor of the room of the committee.
All porsons excupt) those directly in-
terested wore put out of the room.
Just baforo the hearing was bogun to-
day Mr. Smoot received a telegram
from Provo Utah stating that his ali-
tor had dlod as a rosult of an opera-
tion. He had no previous knowledge
of hor Illness and oxhlblod plainly
tho effect of the sudden shock.
Chairman Burrows gne the ruling
on tho questions nuked of President
Smith rolatlng to the polygamous co-
habitation of George F. Teasdale a
Mormon apostle Objec Ions to eaali
quustion had been made by the tie
fttidant. Tho committee ruled that the
testimony Is proper.
Smith then speaking with great
feeling and directness said:
"In rogard to the status of polygamy
at the time of tho manifesto I want to
say that aftor a hannnt; oofore the
mastor of chancery I unrtorstood that
we should abs'aln from relations with
our plural families and that rule waB
observed up to tho time e onabling
aoti wont Into offoci admitting Utah ab
a state. Undor that act tho only prohl-
bllon was that plural marriages should
coase. Nothing wa3 sa'd about co-
habitation with our wivos.
"With tho wivos you had married
previous to tho manifesto you mean?"
"That is what I mean" said Smith.
"I understood that plural marriages
were to ceaso and ever since ho maul-
fostp until tho prosont time there
never has been a plural marriage In
the church performed 'n accordance
wttli Its teachings or with tho connlv-
anco of the church "
Continuing ho bald: 'This wn6 the
easn and is tho caso now. But I was
placed In this position" said Smith
"I had a plural family. I marriod my
first vlfe more than 38 years ago and
my last wife more tlian 20 years ago.
By thoso wivos I have had children
and I havo preferred to take my own
chances with the law and suffer any
consequences the law might visit upon
nie rather than abandon these child-
ren and their mothers.
"I have continued to cohabit
with them since the manifesto of 1S80
and they have home me children since
that date. I was fully awure of what
I was doing. I knew I was amendable
to the law. and as I say I preferred to
fnee vUat situation re" her than to de-
sert them. I have not cohabited with
these wives openly or flaunted the
fact but I have acknowledged these
wires and children as y family "
"You must draw a dletinc'lou be-
tween unlawful cohabitation and
plural matriages." be said "Tho state
law In regard to the latter has been
complied with. No marriages have
been performed with tna sanction ap-
proval consent- knowledge or conniv-
ance of the church or its officials. But
the oher law is the one I have pre-
sumed to disregard and which as I
liava said I am ready to face rather
Hw.n disgrace myself or degrade ui
family by turning them off"
Thw In answer fo the question
"Whether polygamous cohabitation was
regarded by the church as contrary to
tke law he answered-
Ooine out aad hear Col. Bain of
Kentucky. otlgfat at tho Christian
It is no discredit to the baker that
he owes his rise in the world to ex-
come Tangled and
I (By Aseootatod Press.)
Washington D. c March 3. Roar
Admiral Barker cables the navy de
partment from Guantannmo as fol-
lows. "On making the passage from Git-
nnanamo to Penaaoola the Missouri's
steam stoerlug gear uecanflTTIlsnbled
J ana she oolllded with the Illinois
damaging the por fTropoller of tho
J latter but with alight injury to her-
self. The Illinois has been ordered
to report for repairs."
TO THE LOWEST BIDDER.
Grand Jury Makes Hit With Tax.
The grand Jury in Its roport has
scored a decided hit with the taxpay-
ore of the county.
Among other things tho report says:
"We recommend Qiat the county
printing furnishing of blanks blank
IkwUs. stationery and office supplies
bo advertised kind of supplies be des
ignated and lot to the lowest bidder
as we consider no are paying too great
a price for .the above articles now."
KNOCKS OUT LIQUOR LICENSE.
Attorney General Renders Opinion In
Blaine CoUnty Whisky Case.
The question as to whether a sa
loon shall l) allowed In the town of
homestoad Blaine county Is again
worrying the territorial offtltals. Re
cently according to Information seat
Gov. Ferguson a saloon license was
Issued to a 'poreon In that town for the
sale of liquors with the result that
complaint was made to thti governor
setting forth that the petition which
caused the county clerk of Blaine
county to issue the license coo aiuel
but seventy-seven names whereas it
is stated three times that number of
persons are freeholders in the to wa-
sh 1 An opinion was asked of the at-
torney general inquiring as to the
method to revoke the license In case
it had beau Illegally issued aad lu his
oplnon the attorney general says:
"In my opinion the license issued in
this case upon the facts s'ated. Is ab-
solutely void and U no protection 'o
rhu party selling liquor thereunder and
ae occuple no other and better posi
tion than a person selling liquor with
out any license "
DESTRUCTIVE SAND STORM.
Swept Over City and County Last
Uae t the worst sand storms to
sit Oklahoma in several yean past
and no doubt the worst kiorro this
vear swept over the el'y and Logan
county last night The storm com-m.-ucecf
shortly after 9 o'clock and so
uddea was the change that many
were caught unawares and were fore
ed to flee to the stores for protection.
To add to the discomfiture of the pe-
destrians the electric street lights
were extinguished aud many wuv
forced to grope their way through
utter darkness to their hornet!. Wires
were blown down and debris scattered
over the sidewalks and on the streets.
During the height of the storm the Are
department responded to several
alarms tho majority of the biases be
Ing caused by defective flues.
The" storm continued until earl; Utht
morning and wl'h the result that when
the up town offices were opened 4
sight never to be forgotten was wlf
nessed Desks chairs and office fur-
niture were completely covered with a
coating of sand
The sudden change caused a drop in
the temperature causing wa'er to
freeze during the night. The weather
bureau today announces that the mer-
cury will drop twenty-five degrees by
It was the fiercest sand blow known
The electric rights quit work at 10
Many brick chimneys suffered.
People returning home from ohttrch
when the "blow" came up were driv
en to hospitable homes for protection
and were kept prisoners several houpY
The wind changed twice In 14 sec
Hurve Ohls was driving homB from
the country when the storm broke
Near the fair grounds the first got) of
tlttsA hit him. Harve jumped on ita
horse's back nud beat a Katy train to
It puxzled the "oldest Inhabitant"
Capi. Hegler was Arm in- the billet
that something was doing outsith.
The moon was eclipsed by the dust
Four flrufl ooourrdd during tho sDrm.
Had a blase got a good start the
whole town would have suffered.
The wind lust night played havoc
with the bill boards.
The thermoraoter fell 64 degrees las1
Again Visited by
(Hy Associated Press.)
Hobart Okla Mareh . Fire last
night destroyed the racing stables on
the outskirts of town burning four-
teen race horses and five residences
wltlle the wind broke the windows in
several big business houses and the
goods damaged. The wind waa ter-
rific The loss is thirty-Are thousand
Kansas Suffered Also.
Wellington Kas March 4. Nearly
every town in Sou hern Kansas and
Oklahoma suffered damage last nigh'
from the severe wind sum. Many
old buildings and small lwuses were
blown away window's smashed and
signs broken A prairie lira just noith
of Caldwell destroyed Major Ferris'
flue new residence and several small
At Hill City a number of residences
a lumber yard and jail were destroyed.
La Crosse Wis. March 8. A blue-
sard raged in this vicinity all night
'he wind attaining a velocity which
broke many windows.
Any Old Thing Can Be Incorporated
Under Laws of Oklahoma.
In response to a request from Gov
Ferguson who inquired as to whether
in the Issuance of patents to corpora
turns the governor is required to sign
such patents or Is it simply the duty
or ine office of the secretary of the
territory; and again. Is it adratssable
to issue patonts to corporations with
capital stock running In'o the tnilliois
when the conditions and circumsian
ces Indicate there ks very little capi
tal stock In the organise1 Ions and are
the officials whb are required to issue
paten n. presumed to Inquire into tho
merits of the papers filed in the case
and also as to their financial stand-
ing. Attorney General Simons this
afternoon rendered an opinion holding
that in his opinion it Is the duty of
the governor to sign the patents to-
gether with the secretary of the ter-
ritory and that they are not charged
'o Investigate into the financial s'and-
ina of the Incorporators or to inquire
into the facts leading up to the or-
ganisation The a'torney general
states that to Investigate such organ-
izations would Involve a rather bur-
densome duty upon tho secretary's
Supreme leurt convened this morn
ing at 10 o'clock.
Afer a short morning sesrtan court
was adjourned until x o'clock this af-
ternoon. Owing to thti sertoiw Illness of ft
relnthe at Xflcumtoh Chief Justine
Dut-ford was compelled to leare tutej
morning fur that place and AesoelRle
Justice Hainer uatod ne chief Justice.
The following attorneys were admit
ted to practice before the supreme
C. Porter Johnson H. U. Tnllejr C.
It. Kngelke. William I Knnpn. Will-
iam W. Griffin John S. McClellau
Jno W. Hunt Louis K Prntt and Ar-
thur Auuemlsen all of Oklahoma City.
in a Gambling1
'' o -Hrr "
Wichita Kas. March 3. Mrs J. G.
Welsh of this city oonmioncod suit
In the district court today for $3X
which she alleges her husband lost nt
gambling. She avers that the money
was hers in her own right and Hint she
had made her husband her agent with
power to deposit anil Invest the funds
for her. Sho charges the defendant
In the stilt John Jennings with having
induced her husband to "become drag-
ged and Intoxicated" and then per-
suuded him to gamble at faro until
he lovt all of her money.
Redlstrtat the Wards.
A movement is on foot looking to
the redlstrtetlng of Ute wards of Hie
city nud adding one more ward. This
Is a sensible more. It Is said the
oeuneli favors the movement.
Come out and hear Col.
Kentucky tonight at the
The Leap Year club met laat night
at the home of Miss Myrtle Black be-
ing delightfully entertained at cards
after which a delicious luncheon was
Banks Called on to
Make Partial Pay-
ment on Canal
( By Axsoclated Press )
Washington D. C March a. The
secretary of the treasury will today
call on depoiltory banks of New York
to depot It 2 per ?nr of their govern
tnunt holdings In the subrreasury the
monoy to lie turned o'er today to J
P. Morgan ft Co . as the financial rep-
resentative of the republic of Panama
on account of the Panama canal pur-
chase. The secretary will also call
on all special depository banks to for-
ward to the designated depository
banks in New York six per cent of
their holdings on or before March 2$
This will result in a deposit alioge'ber
o. about twenty million dollars.
Disappearance of Warships From
Before Port Arthur Disturbs the
Czar's Peace of Mind-Russians
are Getting; Busy.
War at McAlester in
Which Three are
South McAlester I. T. March 3 A
tolegrtun received here at the mar-
shal's office states that n race war Is
on nt Uokoche Choctaw nation a small
town near the Arkansas line and tha
three men were killed to Jay. Par
tlcttlnrs are not obtainable. Marshal
George It Prltohnrd left last night for
for the scenei
O LOCAL POINTS.
Deputy United States taralwUJoo.:
McGulre arrived in the city this morn-
ing bringing with him one ScoU
Forbes a whisky peddlor who was re-
rontly arrested at Ralston..
The thermometer early this morning
registered 30 degrees above zero a
fall of 0C degrees In twelve hours
Frank Hoffman returned today to
his home In Rochester Ind Mr Hoff -
man Is a bridge contractor and was
awatdeil half the bridge contracts of
Iyjson ouitntv hv the board of com.
mlsstoners yestonlay Geo. Rrndford
of Wichita was awarded the other
The Katy depot was connected by
a party oi young men wuo went""":i wn-nu? iuiviiw m
to the "fort" for a dance last night n-1ang'r the Uumlnn first. Isms rru.-
A party of young men who went
were caught In Uie sand storm and1"1 hose bane is that port
were "inurootted'' five utiles from
town for several hours
The auditor today registered bonds
Nos. 1 to S inclusive school district
No 61. Reaver county. In the sum of
Sam Willis a well l.aown character awarded the contracts ror the a
In the city was arraigned this morn- ruction of twenty-live bridges l.i me
ing lr police court on the charge of county U the Rochester BrldKe m
stealing an overcoat and his ir'al set'iwny siul the contract for thee. us rue
lor the evening sesskm of court Jtlonof twenty -mv.- bridges to tho
. I Hon h western Bridge nd iron cum
Special Train Making Rscerd Time. Pny of BnH. as follows
A special tralo comtxsel of three To the Rochester Bridge company
cars a baggage car chair ear and a to be dfltvered before October 1 1!01
Pullman passed t: rough the city this' Ture- tans 100x11 feot
morning at 11:23 a m enroute to f ne pau. 85x11 feet
Texas The special train bad on board ae Hpan sOxM teei
a party of Chicago men and Trainmas. Two spans 7CsH feet .
ter BUrkweather who Kilned them at One tpan 76x14 feet. .
Arkansas City A record breaking One Kpau B6xt4 Uet
time is being mad hy tho special Three span. 4uxl4 feet
which left Chicago at U o'clock lant'fctlx siain-5(ixl I feet . .
plght passing through here a' li
a m. An average of between 50 and
40 miles an hour U being made by the
Santa P te Pave Between Tracks. ! Iron .ipauy u be dt-llered btfure
The 8anta Fe will commence paving Jul 1
between the three tracks west of the One iun 120x14 feet . .. $1.17Si.h)
depot a soon as the brick paving on KU-ui 4pens 35x14 feet . . l&GlOn
Harrison and Oklahoma avenueg U (). iia.'AxU feet ill' Mi
completed. The briflk ao4 nud ha.Tn!e vw. 21x14 feet ... gib 00
arrlre ami ererythisjy is h reeeHnees
for the begtnnisg of the paving be-
tween the tracks. The paving will
extend between Harrison and Okla
homa avenues. Two additional tracks
will be laid In the loeal yard on ac-
count of the rapid Inereoee of bualnese.
(Il A'-suclaU'd PreSM
St Petersburg Mareh 3 Slnr lu
disappearance of tho Japane ll of
from boforp Pun Arthur Russian an
thoriUes haw ien waiting anxiovrly
the nxt imne of the Japanese on ho.
There Is au inclination to believe Hiat
the Japanesp have been dlscourag -l
by the failure of their attacks and dm-
hHps by losses that they have no- an-
nounced It Is evident een from meagre io
formation regarding Russian dUpoji
tlona in northern Korea thai the plan
for checking the Japanese land ad
vnuce Is perfected and that the ra-
sorres hae boon brought up to th.
Russians Levy Tribute.
Seoul March .1 Russian forces at
Anjii nro compelling tho Koreans to
supply them with rice fodder and fnl
The Ruwtlnns are fortifying Auju
0noavl'y wtl1 "' apparent Intention of
q preventing tho Japanese from tmw
O inK lle Yftlu rle commander of a
Urltlsh gunboat bringing down rf-sl
dent of that nationality from Song
Chong reports the doath of Prlnee Hi
(Jhal Sun. nephew of tho former king
and a man who hns from time to tlmo
filled nil the high posts in kingdom
Japanese Landing Troops.
St. Petersburg. March -i -A dis-
iwtch from Vladivostok luted March
2. says that acre rd ing t privoe re-
ports received there threo Japanese
detnchmenU of M men eaca .-crclly
landed at Chung Cha- K-mu a.out
13 nles north of Wo-uji null the
"upposed objec of reacht.iK t"ie vat-
ley of the lumen ilvei aud ttirp(.(ii-
Ing Hun Chun Manchuria niti ti.tlca
north of the Kim-mi hotintn-y and
about eight miles uttt of Vl-idivott W
A fleet of ten Japatie war nip n
recently sighted on the bur .ri tt
Vladivostok Thny were belieNt.i 10
bt- reserve esselt not puwrtul
enouctli to litoekade vimllvostoli r
BRIOGQ CONTRACTS AWARDED.
County Commissioners Authorize Con
struction of Forty-Six Bridges
In the County.
fhe county commisMlouerH ho
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deten span. 4xl 1 feet
!--m hieel huh guard ... J Jul 40
IV the 81111' hwevtern Bridge oiei
trie tee xftsll feet
Te4s to the amount of 7ul were
recorded by the regie! er of deeds yes
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